Idaho is one of the least populous states with just under 1.6 million people living there. The capital Boise has 200,000 people in its city and over 600,000 in its metropolitan area. That’s almost half of the entire population! It’s a landlocked state in Northwest U.S. and is bordered by Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and portions of Canada.
On this day July 3rd, in 1890, Idaho is admitted into the Union to become the 43rd state. Idaho has been nicknamed the gem state because every single type of gemstone has been found here which including: diamonds, rubies, emeralds, quartz, turquoise and many more. Idaho is also one of two places in the world where Star Garnets can be found, the other being in the Himalaya Mountains.
Of course Idaho is also called the Potato State – nearly one third of all potatoes grown in the U.S. come from Idaho. Idaho also has the largest factory in the world for what is used in processed cheese, called Barrel Cheese. Idaho has a lot of uninhabited areas, mountains, and rivers, all of which makes it the perfect spot for development in renewable energy. Furthermore, as a result of its landscape skiing and snowmobiling is a popular recreation amongst many residents.